We Learn About the Telephone I
Tells the history of communications, from smoke signals to telephones.
Part live-action and animation.
CU color Western Electric 500 handset ringing; little girl answers it. Her older brother corrects her and shows how to answer the phone.
A young man sketches a generic human (ÃMr. ManÃ) who takes us back through history to show us how humans developed a need to communicate and the devices to do so.
Little girl tries to listen to telephone wire to hear voice.
Her brother: ÃYou canÃt hear voices in the wire.Ã ÃHow does the telephone work, Uncle Bill?Ã
Lots of the usual instructional stuff about telephone etiquette and proper use of the equipment.
CU boy dialing 555-2368 (standard dummy phone number in the old Bell days)
Kids taken on tour of police station by Captain Adams; he shows them how the telephone is important to police work.
CU poster explaining to children 'How We Get Help' by dialing 0 for Operator.
Explanation of how to dial 0.
Desk sergeant takes call for missing child
African American policeman walks through background of frame.
CU street signs at corner of Elm St. and 6th St.
VS inside telephone building Ã views of switchmen, relays switching, frame guys
Series of vignetted inserts showing people talking on the phone, connected by switches and relays between them (a multicultural group including Asian and Latina people)
VS operators at switchboards (one is an African American woman) (good)
LS jet plane contrail in sky
Animation of communication satellites rotating aroung earth; rocket animation; animation of Mr. Man as astronaut (all good)
Subject: where did you find this horror?
Subject: Officer Jensen
BTW, it's nice to see Pamelyn Ferdin (as Susie) in such an early part. The suspenseful storyline is by W.H. Schneider, Inc. and taut direction by Jean ("The Devil Bat") Yarbrough.
Subject: Fairbanks production telephone documentary is excellent
Subject: Those Voices
And the Capitol production library makes an appearance at 5:39 (it's actually 'The Artful Dodger' by Phil Green) and again at the end of the film (the tune is called Bright Title, written by Bill Loose and Emil Cadkin).
Subject: Quaaaack Quaaaaack
Subject: We don't usually have ducks answer the phone
Subject: We Learn About the Telephone
The mechanics of telephone operation, etiquette, and function are illustrated quite exceptionally, featuring excellent close-up shots of telephone company relays and machinery.
Additionally, many of the voices of the animations are voiced by an uncredited Mel Blanc
Subject: the Bell System Presents